Recommended for Readers in Grades 6 or 7 and up
1995 - Newbery Honor Book
The Midwife's Apprentice
The title of this book is somewhat disappointing, but the story is not. The cover does not do justice to the humor throughout this book; Catherine is a little like a mix of Anne (of Green Gables), Ramona (the Pest), and a feminist activist for animal rights. The language in the book may be off-putting to readers initially, but Catherine's hopes and worries are understandable to readers in a much later century. Her reflections on politics, religion, justice, love, and individuality are especially funny since they are couched in more formal English.
Note: Study of this book will likely be more successful with students if a knowledgeable person leads a small group discussion or read-aloud. The unfamiliar language patterns alienate many would-be independent readers of this book, who miss out on a good story.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions Coming Soon**
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